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Posts tagged Health Care

Apr 7 '14
Mar 30 '14

When a patient hands me her 5 page long birth plan

faeriesandlakes:

nursingmonkeymomma:

faeriesandlakes:

whatshouldwecallobgynresidency:

it’s like…

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Aaaaaaaaaaaqqnd again.

We actually do try to stick to our patient’s birth plan as much as possible. It’s their birth experience, we are just there to help them along the way, but there are certain things that our hospital policy won’t allow or situations arise that force us to alter their birth plan.

This is understandable, but there are some OBs and nurses who’ll never even look at a patients birth plan. That five page birth plan isn’t a plan, it’s a reassurance to the mother. She feels 100% better going into her birth knowing what will happen in almost all situations. Birth plans aren’t for doctors, they’re for mothers. They can be useful is a situation arises that the mother is not comfortable with, but other than that, they’re not meant to boss anyone around or really even what the mother expects to happen. They’re kind of like a pre-birth journal, a way to help a mother explore her preconceived notions about birth and to clear her head, ask questions she never though to ask, and make her confront the nastier side of birth she’d rather ignore like c-sections and such. Basically, the five page birth plans are a security blanket, not a guidebook. Doctors and nurses shouldn’t assume that the mother is a pain in the ass just because she has a big birth plan, she may have had previous birth trauma, past sexual abuse, a mental disorder like OCD. Basically, you don’t know why she wrote that plan so ignoring a mothers birth plan or brushing it off could cause her to go into a tail spin that ends up with her on the operating table for ‘failure to progress’. But anyways, I know not all doctors and nurses are callous about birth plans, but when there are doctors like these out there, can you really blame us? :(

Mar 30 '14
unicef:

Bahati Traoré holds her sleeping newborn daughter, wrapped securely against her for warmth to reduce the risk of hypothermia, at the Kita Regional Reference Health Centre in the town of Kita in the western Kayes Region of Mali. The treatment is part of the ‘Kangaroo Mother Care’ method and was invented in Colombia in the 1980s to provide an alternative for premature or underweight newborns who have no access to incubators. Ms. Traoré’s daughter was born at a nearby centre two months early – a delivery brought on by shock following the death of another of her children, from malaria. The Kangaroo Mother Care method is now a standard treatment in Malian regional reference centres and is taught as a best practice in UNICEF-supported midwife trainings.
© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-2330/Olivier AsselinMali, 2010
http://www.unicef.org

unicef:

Bahati Traoré holds her sleeping newborn daughter, wrapped securely against her for warmth to reduce the risk of hypothermia, at the Kita Regional Reference Health Centre in the town of Kita in the western Kayes Region of Mali. The treatment is part of the ‘Kangaroo Mother Care’ method and was invented in Colombia in the 1980s to provide an alternative for premature or underweight newborns who have no access to incubators. Ms. Traoré’s daughter was born at a nearby centre two months early – a delivery brought on by shock following the death of another of her children, from malaria. The Kangaroo Mother Care method is now a standard treatment in Malian regional reference centres and is taught as a best practice in UNICEF-supported midwife trainings.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-2330/Olivier Asselin
Mali, 2010

http://www.unicef.org

Mar 29 '14
Mar 28 '14
Mar 28 '14
thebicker:

aka14kgold:

abortionfriends:

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

by-grace-of-god:

via Abby Johnson

Where the fuck do you guys find this shit? Do you know how utterly misinformed this is, it’s really sad.
These prices vary from Planned Parenthood clinic to the next, so no, there is not set price and Planned Parenthood bases the price you pay off of your income, wild right?
Here is a Planned Parenthood calculator that gauges/esitimates the price you’ll pay for these services, first it’ll ask you your age, I chose between 18-24, next it’ll ask you about your income, the general monthly income for people who live on government assistance or who have minimum wage jobs, is about 700$, so I’ll put in 700$ monthly. Next it’ll ask you how many adults and children live in your house, I put 1, then it’ll ask you about what services you seek, what clinic you’ll be visiting (I just picked the first one) and it’ll ask if you’ve been to a Planned Parenthood within 3 years, I said no and these are the results:
Pregnancy Exam/Urine Pregnancy Test: Free.
In-Clinic 12 week abortion: 625$
Annual Exam or Check-up (Includes Pap, STI/STD Testing, and Pregnancy test): Free.
HIV Testing and Counseling: Free.
STD/STI Testing (There’s not such thing as “basic” or “advanced” packages, it’s just one test): Free.
IUD and IUD insertion (which includes an exam, a Pap, and possible STI testing): Free.
Birth Control Pills (including exam, pregnancy tests, and oral contraceptives): Free.
Depo-Provera Shot (includes exam, pap, and injection): Free.
Tell me again how Planned Parenthood is not a “charity for low income [persons]”. (Not  just women use planned parenthood you cissexist fuck.) That income of 700$ a month is what I made when I lived in the states on a minimum wage job, just two years ago, everything I put into that calculator was my life, it’s actually a LOT of people’s lives.
BTW some of the Cancer Screening and Prevention services that Planned Parenthood provides include Pap Tests, HPV Vaccinations, Breast Exams/ Breast Care, Colposcopy Procedures, LOOP/LEEP Procedures, Cryotherapy Procedures, and if for whatever reason a certain Planned Parenthood clinic cannot provide you with a certain service, their physician can refer you to a place that can help you with that certain service.
And Planned Parenthood also provides prenatal care. So before you continue spreading bullshit, especially without doing proper research, I suggest you study up or shut up. P.S. There were quite literally no sources or even proof given. - Paige

As an employee of this wonderful organization, I just wanted to add a few things:
1) You’re correct—Planned Parenthood is NOT a charity. It’s a not-for-profit business. They have to earn money to pay rent for their clinic, utilities, employee wages, etc., along with having to purchase supplies and equipment. Also, they provide services to people of ALL socioeconomic statuses, not just those with no insurance or minimum-wage/no income. Many people CHOOSE to use Planned Parenthood for their annual exams, STI tests, contraceptive services, treatment of gynecological problems, and prenatal care EVEN THOUGH they have private insurance or have a large annual income. 
2) No, Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide mammograms…but this is said as though it’s somehow shocking. It shouldn’t be shocking at all, because you know who else doesn’t provide mammograms? Almost every single OBGYN in the United States. Mammography is a type of radiologic diagnostic test that must be done by highly trained individuals on specific types of equipment and then interpreted by radiologists. Most people in need of mammograms are referred to a radiology or mammography CENTER by their physicians/PAs/NPs, where nothing but mammograms (or other diagnostic radiology) are performed. Sometimes, a hospital even has a “mammogram mobile,” which is exactly what it sounds like…a roving mammography center on wheels! This allows mammography access to people who otherwise might be unable to get transportation to get a mammogram. You know what else? Often, Planned Parenthood will collaborate with a hospital that has a “mammogram mobile,” and schedule a day or a weekend where it comes to the Planned Parenthood location in order to provide mammograms to Planned Parenthood’s patients *at a discounted cost*! However this isn’t available everywhere, so Planned Parenthood absolutely can and frequently does make referrals for people in need of mammograms! 
2a) A biopsy of a breast lump is another type of highly specific diagnostic test that is done when a person finds a lump in their breast, or a mammogram shows an area of concern. I once felt a lump in my breast at the age of 21, and frantically called the NP at the Planned Parenthood where I worked. She fit me in to the schedule for the next day, and said “hmm, Eve, this is a significant lump that needs to be biopsied. Let me get you a referral right now.” The NEXT DAY, I saw a physician in the *hospital*, and I was taken into a procedure room very similar to an operating room. I was given IV medications to put me at ease in a state of twilight sedation, my breast was numbed with local anesthetic, and the lump was biopsied. It was then sent to an on-site pathologist, who interpreted the results and informed me that I had aggregate adenosis—thankfully not breast cancer. The procedure would have been IDENTICAL had I gone to my primary care physician, OBGYN, an urgent care office, the emergency room, or Planned Parenthood. No matter who saw me for the lump, I would have been referred to this physician and had the biopsy under his care at the hospital. 
3) I have no clue where this blatant lie about a lack of prenatal care is coming from.  Planned Parenthood provides prenatal care. At my clinic, we absolutely do provide prenatal care at the DEEPLY discounted rate of $1,250 for those paying out of pocket. This fee includes all office visits, blood tests, ultrasounds, monitoring lab work if required, etc. Granted, just like with almost anything, this isn’t available at every single location. In the same way that not every Planned Parenthood location provides abortion, not all clinics provide prenatal care.  I can’t speak for the availability or pricing of prenatal care at every Planned Parenthood location, but I know that some locations that do not have in-house prenatal care actually partner with the local hospitals or even local private practices. When this happens, Planned Parenthood refers a pregnant patient who meets certain income criteria to their partner organization, and due to that referral, the person can receive comprehensive prenatal care at a price that is significantly discounted (often on a sliding scale) in comparison to IDENTICAL CARE provided to another patient of that organization. 
4) I’m sure that whoever made this “infographic” got legitimate information…for ONE clinic location. More than likely, those are the prices for someone who does not meet the income-based requirements for free or discounted services. Having said that, I’ll just point out that OF COURSE Planned Parenthood charges more for services than what they cost the clinic. Like with ANY business, that’s how they earn enough money to keep the doors open and the lights on. Literally every single “patient cost” on there is significantly more expensive than the highest possible cost to patients at my clinic, though. For instance, here’s a sampling of our prices!
Pregnancy tests: free for everyoneDepo shots: free-$40OCPs: free-$20IUD: $50 insertion fee-$300Comprehensive STI screening for HIV, RPR, GC/CT, & HSV (if sores/warts are present): free-$60Screening for HIV only (blood test OR oraquick): free-$20Nexplanon: $50 insertion fee-$200Emergency Contraception: free-$25
4a) Additionally, since the comment above this one mentions the cost for abortions, I want to show how prices on that can range as well. Below are the prices for the different types of abortions at our location. 
Medical Abortions: <8 weeks: $385
Surgical Abortions:<12 weeks: $28512w-12w6d: $38513w-13w6d: $485
These prices include pregnancy test, Rh screening, Rhogam injection if necessary, ultrasound (for legal compliance & pregnancy dating), counseling, and the follow-up appointment. Additionally, the cost for a medical abortion also includes the abortion medications, pain medication prescription (Tylox—20 pills dispensed on site), and antibiotics (Doxycycline—14 pills dispensed on site).  The cost for a surgical abortion also includes the surgical procedure and antibiotics (Doxycycline—14 pills dispensed on site). The only service that is NOT included in this price is the optional IV sedation for a surgical procedure. If a patient opts to have sedation, it is $30 regardless of how far along their pregnancy is. The $30 charge is literally what it costs the clinic to purchase the medication—absolutely no money is made off of a patient’s decision to have IV sedation at our location.  Additionally, there is an application that our patients can fill out to see if they qualify for financial assistance.  Depending on their income, the procedures of qualifying patients can be discounted from 25-100%.
Basically, here’s the point: fact-checking and context (for things such as the mammography & biopsy services mentioned above) are VITALLY IMPORTANT to being able to put something like this into the proper perspective. Every single thing someone says could be true, but it may only apply to ONE income level at ONE clinic in ONE town in ONE state. Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet just because someone took the time to make a fancy graphic. Shoot, don’t even believe me just because I took the time to type this all out or because I sound like a reliable source (***see footnote)! Look up information, research claims and numerical figures thoroughly and then form your own well-informed world view :)
I, for one, trust that you are 100% capable of thinking for yourself and coming to your own conclusions!
If you should have any questions about the information I provided in this post, other questions about Planned Parenthood’s practices/services, or would like to share a personal experience you have had at Planned Parenthood, please feel free to send them to our ask box (anonymously or otherwise)! As always, we will never publish something you send us without having your expressed consent!
—Eve
***Note: I would normally include links to my myriad sources for a post like this, however due the fact that I do not wish to disclose the specific clinic for which I work, I am choosing not to source my clinic’s price list. I’m truly sorry for that inconvenience, but I do hope you can understand and respect my decision to protect my anonymity & privacy online. Additionally, I would typically provide source links for all my points, but I am unfortunately having to post this from my cell phone, as my computer is off being fixed, and that makes it very difficult for me to do (I have most of my sources bookmarked or saved as PDFs on my hard drive). I truly apologize for not being able to properly cite my sources in this instance; thanks so much for your patience and understanding in this matter!

ALL of this.
And again, for the record—social services haven’t done shit for me, but Planned Parenthood did 90% of the work involved with getting me on Medicaid when I told them my financial situation. And not for their own benefit—my mom had already agreed to pay up to $100 if necessary. They did it for ME, their patient, because that’s who they are.

When I graduated from college and didn’t have insurance, Planned Parenthood gave me an annual exam, PAP smear, STD panel, and a few months of birth control FOR FREE. So, no, it’s not a charity for low-income women, but they bust their asses to provide free/low-cost things for anyone who needs them.
And of course, when people can afford to pay for their services, PP charges more than the base cost. Every business EVER charges more than cost. That… that is how a business works. Do you think you get your prescription medication from the pharmacy at cost? Do you think you get your groceries at cost? No, because part of what you’re paying for is rent for the building, salaries for the staff, taxes, maintenance, and all other kinds of shit.
"Their shit isn’t free, therefore they’re evil!" O…K.

In contrast, crisis pregnancy centers can offer services for free because:
Unlike Planned Parenthood, they aren’t offering an enormous variety of reproductive and general health services, education, and advocacy in the US and abroad that require medical expertise, expensive equipment and medications, security measures, insurance, and other materials
They’re often staffed largely by volunteers (see #1 - no formal education needed to unthinkingly swallow and parrot lies and manipulation!)
In addition to government funding (over $60 million between 2001 and 2006, in fact), most CPCs have a large conservative Christian backing, which translates to: $$$

thebicker:

aka14kgold:

abortionfriends:

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

by-grace-of-god:

via Abby Johnson

Where the fuck do you guys find this shit? Do you know how utterly misinformed this is, it’s really sad.

These prices vary from Planned Parenthood clinic to the next, so no, there is not set price and Planned Parenthood bases the price you pay off of your income, wild right?

Here is a Planned Parenthood calculator that gauges/esitimates the price you’ll pay for these services, first it’ll ask you your age, I chose between 18-24, next it’ll ask you about your income, the general monthly income for people who live on government assistance or who have minimum wage jobs, is about 700$, so I’ll put in 700$ monthly. Next it’ll ask you how many adults and children live in your house, I put 1, then it’ll ask you about what services you seek, what clinic you’ll be visiting (I just picked the first one) and it’ll ask if you’ve been to a Planned Parenthood within 3 years, I said no and these are the results:

  • Pregnancy Exam/Urine Pregnancy Test: Free.
  • In-Clinic 12 week abortion: 625$
  • Annual Exam or Check-up (Includes Pap, STI/STD Testing, and Pregnancy test): Free.
  • HIV Testing and Counseling: Free.
  • STD/STI Testing (There’s not such thing as “basic” or “advanced” packages, it’s just one test): Free.
  • IUD and IUD insertion (which includes an exam, a Pap, and possible STI testing): Free.
  • Birth Control Pills (including exam, pregnancy tests, and oral contraceptives): Free.
  • Depo-Provera Shot (includes exam, pap, and injection): Free.

Tell me again how Planned Parenthood is not a “charity for low income [persons]”. (Not  just women use planned parenthood you cissexist fuck.) That income of 700$ a month is what I made when I lived in the states on a minimum wage job, just two years ago, everything I put into that calculator was my life, it’s actually a LOT of people’s lives.

BTW some of the Cancer Screening and Prevention services that Planned Parenthood provides include Pap Tests, HPV Vaccinations, Breast Exams/ Breast Care, Colposcopy Procedures, LOOP/LEEP Procedures, Cryotherapy Procedures, and if for whatever reason a certain Planned Parenthood clinic cannot provide you with a certain service, their physician can refer you to a place that can help you with that certain service.

And Planned Parenthood also provides prenatal care. So before you continue spreading bullshit, especially without doing proper research, I suggest you study up or shut up. P.S. There were quite literally no sources or even proof given. - Paige

As an employee of this wonderful organization, I just wanted to add a few things:

1) You’re correct—Planned Parenthood is NOT a charity. It’s a not-for-profit business. They have to earn money to pay rent for their clinic, utilities, employee wages, etc., along with having to purchase supplies and equipment. Also, they provide services to people of ALL socioeconomic statuses, not just those with no insurance or minimum-wage/no income. Many people CHOOSE to use Planned Parenthood for their annual exams, STI tests, contraceptive services, treatment of gynecological problems, and prenatal care EVEN THOUGH they have private insurance or have a large annual income. 

2) No, Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide mammograms…but this is said as though it’s somehow shocking. It shouldn’t be shocking at all, because you know who else doesn’t provide mammograms? Almost every single OBGYN in the United States. Mammography is a type of radiologic diagnostic test that must be done by highly trained individuals on specific types of equipment and then interpreted by radiologists. Most people in need of mammograms are referred to a radiology or mammography CENTER by their physicians/PAs/NPs, where nothing but mammograms (or other diagnostic radiology) are performed. Sometimes, a hospital even has a “mammogram mobile,” which is exactly what it sounds like…a roving mammography center on wheels! This allows mammography access to people who otherwise might be unable to get transportation to get a mammogram. You know what else? Often, Planned Parenthood will collaborate with a hospital that has a “mammogram mobile,” and schedule a day or a weekend where it comes to the Planned Parenthood location in order to provide mammograms to Planned Parenthood’s patients *at a discounted cost*! However this isn’t available everywhere, so Planned Parenthood absolutely can and frequently does make referrals for people in need of mammograms! 

2a) A biopsy of a breast lump is another type of highly specific diagnostic test that is done when a person finds a lump in their breast, or a mammogram shows an area of concern. I once felt a lump in my breast at the age of 21, and frantically called the NP at the Planned Parenthood where I worked. She fit me in to the schedule for the next day, and said “hmm, Eve, this is a significant lump that needs to be biopsied. Let me get you a referral right now.” The NEXT DAY, I saw a physician in the *hospital*, and I was taken into a procedure room very similar to an operating room. I was given IV medications to put me at ease in a state of twilight sedation, my breast was numbed with local anesthetic, and the lump was biopsied. It was then sent to an on-site pathologist, who interpreted the results and informed me that I had aggregate adenosis—thankfully not breast cancer. The procedure would have been IDENTICAL had I gone to my primary care physician, OBGYN, an urgent care office, the emergency room, or Planned Parenthood. No matter who saw me for the lump, I would have been referred to this physician and had the biopsy under his care at the hospital. 

3) I have no clue where this blatant lie about a lack of prenatal care is coming from.  Planned Parenthood provides prenatal care. At my clinic, we absolutely do provide prenatal care at the DEEPLY discounted rate of $1,250 for those paying out of pocket. This fee includes all office visits, blood tests, ultrasounds, monitoring lab work if required, etc. Granted, just like with almost anything, this isn’t available at every single location. In the same way that not every Planned Parenthood location provides abortion, not all clinics provide prenatal care.  I can’t speak for the availability or pricing of prenatal care at every Planned Parenthood location, but I know that some locations that do not have in-house prenatal care actually partner with the local hospitals or even local private practices. When this happens, Planned Parenthood refers a pregnant patient who meets certain income criteria to their partner organization, and due to that referral, the person can receive comprehensive prenatal care at a price that is significantly discounted (often on a sliding scale) in comparison to IDENTICAL CARE provided to another patient of that organization. 

4) I’m sure that whoever made this “infographic” got legitimate information…for ONE clinic location. More than likely, those are the prices for someone who does not meet the income-based requirements for free or discounted services. Having said that, I’ll just point out that OF COURSE Planned Parenthood charges more for services than what they cost the clinic. Like with ANY business, that’s how they earn enough money to keep the doors open and the lights on. Literally every single “patient cost” on there is significantly more expensive than the highest possible cost to patients at my clinic, though. For instance, here’s a sampling of our prices!

Pregnancy tests: free for everyone
Depo shots: free-$40
OCPs: free-$20
IUD: $50 insertion fee-$300
Comprehensive STI screening for HIV, RPR, GC/CT, & HSV (if sores/warts are present): free-$60
Screening for HIV only (blood test OR oraquick): free-$20
Nexplanon: $50 insertion fee-$200
Emergency Contraception: free-$25

4a) Additionally, since the comment above this one mentions the cost for abortions, I want to show how prices on that can range as well. Below are the prices for the different types of abortions at our location. 

Medical Abortions: 
<8 weeks: $385

Surgical Abortions:
<12 weeks: $285
12w-12w6d: $385
13w-13w6d: $485

These prices include pregnancy test, Rh screening, Rhogam injection if necessary, ultrasound (for legal compliance & pregnancy dating), counseling, and the follow-up appointment. Additionally, the cost for a medical abortion also includes the abortion medications, pain medication prescription (Tylox—20 pills dispensed on site), and antibiotics (Doxycycline—14 pills dispensed on site).  The cost for a surgical abortion also includes the surgical procedure and antibiotics (Doxycycline—14 pills dispensed on site). The only service that is NOT included in this price is the optional IV sedation for a surgical procedure. If a patient opts to have sedation, it is $30 regardless of how far along their pregnancy is. The $30 charge is literally what it costs the clinic to purchase the medication—absolutely no money is made off of a patient’s decision to have IV sedation at our location.  Additionally, there is an application that our patients can fill out to see if they qualify for financial assistance.  Depending on their income, the procedures of qualifying patients can be discounted from 25-100%.

Basically, here’s the point: fact-checking and context (for things such as the mammography & biopsy services mentioned above) are VITALLY IMPORTANT to being able to put something like this into the proper perspective. Every single thing someone says could be true, but it may only apply to ONE income level at ONE clinic in ONE town in ONE state. Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet just because someone took the time to make a fancy graphic. Shoot, don’t even believe me just because I took the time to type this all out or because I sound like a reliable source (***see footnote)! Look up information, research claims and numerical figures thoroughly and then form your own well-informed world view :)

I, for one, trust that you are 100% capable of thinking for yourself and coming to your own conclusions!

If you should have any questions about the information I provided in this post, other questions about Planned Parenthood’s practices/services, or would like to share a personal experience you have had at Planned Parenthood, please feel free to send them to our ask box (anonymously or otherwise)! As always, we will never publish something you send us without having your expressed consent!

—Eve

***Note: I would normally include links to my myriad sources for a post like this, however due the fact that I do not wish to disclose the specific clinic for which I work, I am choosing not to source my clinic’s price list. I’m truly sorry for that inconvenience, but I do hope you can understand and respect my decision to protect my anonymity & privacy online. Additionally, I would typically provide source links for all my points, but I am unfortunately having to post this from my cell phone, as my computer is off being fixed, and that makes it very difficult for me to do (I have most of my sources bookmarked or saved as PDFs on my hard drive). I truly apologize for not being able to properly cite my sources in this instance; thanks so much for your patience and understanding in this matter!

ALL of this.

And again, for the record—social services haven’t done shit for me, but Planned Parenthood did 90% of the work involved with getting me on Medicaid when I told them my financial situation. And not for their own benefit—my mom had already agreed to pay up to $100 if necessary. They did it for ME, their patient, because that’s who they are.

When I graduated from college and didn’t have insurance, Planned Parenthood gave me an annual exam, PAP smear, STD panel, and a few months of birth control FOR FREE. So, no, it’s not a charity for low-income women, but they bust their asses to provide free/low-cost things for anyone who needs them.

And of course, when people can afford to pay for their services, PP charges more than the base cost. Every business EVER charges more than cost. That… that is how a business works. Do you think you get your prescription medication from the pharmacy at cost? Do you think you get your groceries at cost? No, because part of what you’re paying for is rent for the building, salaries for the staff, taxes, maintenance, and all other kinds of shit.

"Their shit isn’t free, therefore they’re evil!" O…K.

In contrast, crisis pregnancy centers can offer services for free because:

  1. Unlike Planned Parenthood, they aren’t offering an enormous variety of reproductive and general health services, education, and advocacy in the US and abroad that require medical expertise, expensive equipment and medications, security measures, insurance, and other materials
  2. They’re often staffed largely by volunteers (see #1 - no formal education needed to unthinkingly swallow and parrot lies and manipulation!)
  3. In addition to government funding (over $60 million between 2001 and 2006, in fact), most CPCs have a large conservative Christian backing, which translates to: $$$

Mar 27 '14

rhrealitycheck:

Magical pictures of yesterday’s pro-choice rally outside the Supreme Court as Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood argued against the ACA’s contraceptive mandate inside. From the top down: Kimberly Inez McGuire of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; Dr. Jamila Perritt, medical director of Planned Parenthood Metropolitan D.C.; and Rev. Darlene Nipper, deputy director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Prof. Dorothy Roberts of University of Pennsylvania and the Black Women’s Health Imperative. More pictures and info here.

Mar 26 '14

prochoiceamerica:

Today’s Not My Boss’s Business rally at the Supreme Court in one word: awesome. 

Students. Health-care providers. Women. Clergy. We all stood together to say that bosses should get to impose their views on our health-care decisions. 

Mar 25 '14
Mar 24 '14
Mar 23 '14
"Women are rising up and fighting back. They see the seeds of change that are being sown, and they’re excited about what could happen."

Jessica González-Rojas, executive director for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health - ThinkProgress

The massive funding cuts to family planning in Texas have left women and families without essential general and reproductive health care, closing dozens of clinics and reaching just 16% of the women served by the state program ten years ago.

The NLIRH has partnered with the Center for Reproductive Rights to mobilize Texans to improve health care in their state. They have held letter writing campaigns, visits to Congress, story-telling tours with Nuestro Texas, and talking with the UN’s Human Rights Committee - the United States is up for review this year, and Texas politicians may finally be held accountable for their irresponsibility and vindictiveness.

People love to rag on Texas politics without giving due credit to the activists doing amazing work to reverse the tide and help families get the care they need in the meantime. Texans, if you want to get involved, contact the NLIRH and Nuestro Texas, or donate or volunteer with one of five Texas abortion funds.

Mar 18 '14
Mar 11 '14

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Mar 11 '14

Anonymous asked:

Why are abortions so expensive? According to Planned Parenthood's website they start at $300. Would I really have to pay $300 for a little pill?

Well, to start off, every clinic prices it differently according to the facility’s needs and services. Some clinics offer sliding scale fees, where you only pay what you can, or allow for payment plans. It’s also possible for abortion to be covered by your state’s Medicaid program (note: this uses state funds, not federal funds, which are prohibited by the Hyde Amendment) or by your own insurance.

In addition, to take the abortion pill, you have to first undergo a medical exam and bloodwork, including an ultrasound to determine how far along you are. After you take the pill, you need to go in for a check up to be sure everything went well, and to get antibiotics to prevent infection. So the price actually includes two doctors’ visits, a physical, tests, an ultrasound, antibiotics, and the pill itself.

Many clinics that provide abortions also provide a range of reproductive and general health care - Pap smears, cancer screenings, flu shots, birth control, counseling, and so on. Reproductive health clinics often try to price their services as low as possible to allow patients to access the care they need, while still keeping the clinic open and functioning. Some clinics receive state or federal grants, but others may rely heavily on donations, fundraising, and money made from their services to pay their employees, keep their equipment up to date and working, and maintain their facility.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the astronomical health care costs in the United States and assume that also plays a role. Generally, however, I see most reproductive health clinics as more aware of and committed to supporting low-income patients, given that their line of work is very intimate, often thankless, and downright dangerous to their own lives, so I’m honestly not sure how much the state of health care costs factors in with each individual clinic.

Mar 11 '14